ANDY MIDDLEHURST & CLIVE CHAPMAN
Neither Middlehurst (above) nor Chapman (above right) are of an age to remember Jim Clark in his prime, yet he has been a huge influence on both of them. “I was a baby in my pram when my dad was racing a Mini against Jimmy,” explains Middlehurst, “but he was a legend in our household. I ended up owning four of his cars, but just have the two now: the last of his Lotus Cortinas – which strangely spent most of its life in a Duns garden – and the Type 43 that Clark drove to victory in the 1966 United States Grand Prix at Watkins Glen. In another nice twist, both were at the Oulton Park Gold Cup meeting in 1967.”
Being a useful driver in his own right, complete with dark-blue helmet and white peak, Middlehurst often pilots Clark’s Type 25 for Classic Team Lotus, which is run by Clive Chapman, son of Lotus founder Colin. “I was only five when Jimmy died,” says Clive, “so don’t remember anything, but the great thing about Classic Team Lotus is that the likes of Bob Dance – who is still with us – worked with him back in the day.” Unsurprisingly, both Middlehurst and Chapman felt compelled to bring their cars to Duns.